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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:50 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
That tower may be a shot tower. It was filled with water and molten lead etc dropped in the top. The water supported it as it cooled to get a round ball by the bottom.

Could be.

The is / was a huge shot tower in Bristol, but I am certain it stopped being used to make shot a god number of years ago.

I'll go and take another look at it sometime.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:15 pm 
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Location: Cougar Hunting...
Today the token Jock on a few recent NW&NW rides did a solo cross border raid and took a certain Mr Bling of these parts hostage for the day...

We headed out of Penrith towards Troutbeck and climbed up and over the hills to the West of Ullssater dropping down to the lakeside for a spot of lunch at the NT cafe at Aira Force.
A brisk trot along the lakeside brought us to Pooley Bridge and then up the hill towards Lowther.

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On the road up to Lowther Castle was a traditional Retrobike Church photo opportunity...which had to be taken. Obviously.

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And then onto the Castle itself... A couple of young chaps were keen to gain internet fame , so heres their Retrobike "photobomb"

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Too much banter for a huge wad of photos, but rest assured a cracking day out was had!


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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Yesterdays ride ….
With a forecast one day of respite between the days of rain and gale force winds over most of the north of Scotland, I managed to get the day off and head south to ride the Jack Taylor round Easter Ross and the Black Isle with fellow macretro Brian (epicycle).
When I seen the forecast yesterday I asked the boss for a well day to go riding, I wasn't sick, I was too well to come in and needed to ride in the sun before winter closed in once more. Thankfully she understands and approved it.
Weather was fantastic and a familiar route that took in some hills, quiet roads and some off road track round the Cromarty shore made the hours and miles fly by all too quickly. We stopped at a lovely café in Muir of Ord and enjoyed a coffee and a huge wedge of a brie scone for lunch which obviously was needed to keep up the energy levels.
The Super Clubman rode brilliantly as usual, handling everything in its relaxed but superb way and this is it still in it's cobbled together with spares guise. Gave me time to make up my mind regards repainting it and for the foreseeable future I am just going to keep waxing it to keep the rust at bay rather than lose Jacks original paint. I will build it up with the parts I already have set aside for it and set it up properly not just in a temporary way as it is such a nice ride already that it will be so sweet set up right.
A lovely ride in glorious weather finished with a quick coffee at Brians before the couple of hours drive home.
Well worth it though as it was a very enjoyable day with great riding, great weather as well as great company. Cheers Brian
Also the best way to break up a working week.

Jamie

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One of my favourite threads - magic.

Thanks for this, good little lift before the storms set in (ok, have just got back from 3 weeks in northern Spain).


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 Post subject: Re: Today's ROAD ride
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:42 am 
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NeilM wrote:
The History Man wrote:
That tower may be a shot tower. It was filled with water and molten lead etc dropped in the top. The water supported it as it cooled to get a round ball by the bottom.

Could be.

The is / was a huge shot tower in Bristol, but I am certain it stopped being used to make shot a god number of years ago.

I'll go and take another look at it sometime.
Yeah, there is one in bristol, 1970s i think, replaced an older (18th century?) one. I've visited the "new" one.

That almost certainly is one, but the deck and ladders/stairs are missing (obviuosly) there was one that looked very very similar to that near where i lived in Leics a few years ago. That "fell down in high winds" a few months before a developer put in planning permission. :evil:


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